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Gowanus Whole Foods Watch

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Who wants to be Whole Foods' neighbor in Gowanus? Apparently, lots of folks. The realtor representing the sale of the Coignet Building, which is on the market for $3 million, told the Daily News that "national retailers, local stores and nonprofits" have expressed interest in taking over the 1870s structure located at the corner of the five-acre lot that, come fall, will be home to a much-debated Whole Foods. As part of the deal, Whole Foods has had to fix the landmark's roof and is working on window and facade repairs. Meanwhile, as some neighbors document the Coignet's Building long history and just how close construction comes to both the historic building and nearby canal, others poo-poo the imminent grocery store, vowing they will never shop there. [NYDN; previously]